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What Should I Do With My Old Mattress?


Are you in the market for a new mattress? Are old mattresses taking up space in your home? The team at Ben’s has a few tips for disposing of old or unused mattresses in a way that you can be proud of. While there is nothing wrong with throwing out an old or unused mattress, the following suggestions are ways you can put that unwanted bed to better use.

Donate It

If you have the means of transporting your mattress, taking it to a local donation center can ensure that it finds a new home. Thrift stores like The Salvation Army and Goodwill, can re-sell them, while other institutions like Habitat for Humanity, can furnish their homes using donated mattresses. Donating an unused mattress can make a quality difference in someone else’s life while providing you a tax incentive.

Recycle It

Unfortunately tens of millions of mattresses end up in landfills every year. In an attempt to be more eco friendly, there are several mattress recycling centers in Atlanta, GA. Companies like Atlanta Mattress Disposal, will even pick up your old mattresses, box springs, and bed frames.

Sell It

One mans trash is another mans treasure. Provided that your old mattress is in fair condition, there is always a market for used mattresses. Online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist,  provide an excellent opportunity to connect you with potential buyers. Make sure to check your states laws before engaging in any commerce.

Reuse It

For those that want to get really creative, there are YouTube tutorials that show how to break down an old mattress and put the materials inside to good use. Steel springs, for example, can be sold as scrap metal to be melted down and reused in some other way, while the foam can be used as carpet padding or moving blankets. Wood parts can be ground into landscaping mulch, stuffing for pet beds, or just extra wood for those do-it-yourself projects around the house that always seem to call for one specifically-small piece of wood.

With these different options, getting rid of old mattresses can be seen as an opportunity rather than a chore. Once you have disposed of that unwanted mattress or boxspring, Visit Ben’s for a grand selection of new quality mattresses.




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